Mazda has confirmed that it plans to introduce two all-new Sport Utility Vehicles badged CX-60 and CX-80 from next year. Their introduction will increase the total number of CX variants in the company’s line-up to three.
Spawned from Mazda’s ‘Large Product’ portfolio, both will slot above the recently updated CX-5 and join the sub compact CX-30, which shares its underpinnings with the current 3 hatchback.
The future of the CX-5 is safe because it is deemed a core model in “driving Mazda’s business globally”, while the CX-30 remains “inherently important” in appealing to owners of premium brands with its style and driving experience.
A brand spokesperson said the CX-60 and CX-80 will offer customers “a wider choice of SUVs combining the latest environmental performance” on top of “the driving pleasure inherent in every Mazda”.
The CX-60 will be a strict five-seater, while a third row means the CX-80 can carry seven people. Combining a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, both will “spearhead the European introduction of plug-in hybrid models”.
The latest straight-six version of Mazda’s Skyactiv-X petrol and Skyactiv-D diesel engines will also be introduced, with these supported by a 48V mild-hybrid system for reduced emissions and improved performance.
To coincide with their release, Mazda is adding a range-extender version of its first all-electric car – the MX-30 – in the first half of 2022.
Rather than increasing the size of the battery to achieve greater range for journeys, Mazda is adding “a unique rotary engine” that acts as a generator to keep the cells topped up. How many miles the MX-30 can travel between recharges has still to be announced.
These imminent changes to Mazda’s line-up will help pave the way for new products built on a bespoke EV platform. “With the introduction of these models, Mazda is on track to complete the electrification of its complete range by 2030,” added the spokesperson.
“The CX-5, and other models such as the CX-30, will continue to play a key role in Mazda’s crossover SUV line-up; the evolution of design, product improvements, and the introduction of the latest safety technologies and connectivity features are continuously enhancing the model line-up maintaining their appeal.”